One who studies the teachings of Buddhism must not fail to repay the four debts of gratitude.
written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan
Every month at the Oko Ceremony, our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe, lectures about Buddhism. A frequent topic is the concept of gratitude. Many of the writings (called Gosho) of Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu, explain what the four debts of gratitude are:
- gratitude to all living beings
- gratitude to one’s father and mother
- gratitude to one’s sovereign
- gratitude to the Three Treasures – the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood
Understanding our debts of gratitude and how to repay them is how one develops a happy life. Being compassionate, practicing Buddhism for yourself and others, helping others to learn Buddhism, are ways to repay our debts of gratitude.
Learning to Replace Anxiety With Gratitude
Visit Sunday, March 17th, to hear our Chief Priest explain the Buddhist Concept of the Ten Worlds and how we can lift ourselves beyond the six lower paths to achieve true happiness. One of those ways is to show appreciation, gratitude and compassion to yourself and others.
- Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
- Q&A with our Chief Priest.
- The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public.
- 310 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD 20901 entrance on Burnett Ave
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Sunday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.